HCWPC Viewpoint, October 1982
Where Were All Of You?
Despite the usual small membership turnout, we had quite
a few guests and other interested parties, so at least the room
at the Ramada Inn looked somewhat full. It's sad that after all
the advance notice you were given about the Auction, that
less than 15 actual members showed out of a total membership of almost 250. It's a good thing others were interested in
coming. If each one of you had been generous enough to purchase one ticket, even if you could not attend, we could have
raised $1,250.00 in ticket sales alone! Many people didn't
even bid on any art, but we were glad for the support and we
ail had plenty of laughs during the evening. Luckily, the bidding went well and after purchases of over 100 pieces of art,
the Caucus added a very nice sum of money to our fundraising treasure chest. Many thanks to our sponsors, patrons,
everyone who helped, those who attended, and especially, all
of you who purchased art work! See you next year.
AND THE LUCKY WINNER...
...of the hand-made Amish quilt was not any of us who
bought a bunch of tickets in high hopes of winning. The quilt
went to Mary Wherrit. The winning ticket, number 71, was
sold by Debbie Pasek, sister of HCWPC's Vice-Chair Internal, Bonnie Pasek. Debbie, who always supports Bonnie's
various fundraising efforts, took a batch of tickets to Foley's,
her place of employment. She successfully twisted a few arms
into buying tickets and recalls literally squeezing the $1.00 out
of Mary Wherrit. Mary admitted that she bought the ticket
out of fear that Debbie wo;Jd give her a lousy review and no
raise if she didn't. Of course Debbie would never do such a
thing, but if fear made Mary buy a ticket, that's okl Anyway,
Mary was shocked when she learned of the news and says she
hopes her cat likes blue and white. Special thanks to all who
diligendy sold tickets to the quilt.
Now that baby's here who will feed it?
By Art Buchwald
The lady came in to see Sen. Jesse Beenbag the other day.
She was carrying a baby in her arms. Beenbag immediately
called in the Senate photographer to have his picture taken
'It's mighdy kind of you to stop by," the senator said, trying to usher her out of his office after the picture-taking.
'1 didn't come to have my picture taken," the woman said.
"Then why are your here?"
"You're leading the fight against abortion, and I thought
you could help me with this unwanted baby."
"You mean you don't want this baby?"
"No, sir. I have five more at home and I can't afford to feed
them. I figured since you are so interested in human life, you
could tell me where I could get some help to raise this one."
"My interest in human life starts at conception and ends
with the fetus. Once the baby is born, you're on your own."
"That's what I was afraid of. How come if the Reagan
government is so concerned about preventing people from
having abortions, they keep cutting back on all the services
for unwanted children?"
'The government cannot afford to take care of children
after they're born. We can't fund every screwball social program for unwanted children or we'll never have a balanced
"So what do I do with the kid?"
"I have no idea what you should do with your child. But if
you think the anti-abortion forces are going to support it
from the cradle to the grave, you're sadly mistaken. The
federal government has to get out of the child-rearing
"Since you're so concerned about the value of human life,
why don't you take the kid?"
"What would I do with a child?"
"That's the question I keep asking myself."
"Have you gone to the local child-services office?"
"They closed it because the government cut off all their
funds. The local charities have no money, and all the food
programs are going out of business."
"Then get a job," Beenbag said impatiendy.
"I'm trying to. But even if I found one I couldn't afford the
day-care center. I decided to come to you as a last resort
because of your interest in a baby's right to life."
"You came to the wrong person," Beenbag said angrily.
"My bill makes it a federal crime NOT to have a baby. But it
doesn't provide continuing services for people who have one.
Why is your kid crying?"
"I guess he's hungry," the lady said. "Unwanted children
cry a lot."
"You're not going to change my stand on abortions just
because your baby is crying," Beenbag warned. "Were you
sent by the Planned Parenthood people?"
• "No, it was my idea. I saw you on television a while back
saying it was a mortal sin for a pregnant woman to abort, so I
had my baby. Since you were so adamant on the subject I
thought you or President Reagan might have some ideas as to
what I do now.
"I'm a very busy person. I'm trying to get prayers back in
school, protect the tobacco industry, and fight the hand-gun
control lobby. I don't have time to worry about your child's
The lady put the baby on Beenbag's desk.
"What are you doing?" Beenbag screamed.
'Tm changing his diapers. You don't have a large handkerchief to spare, do you?"
"Get out of my office and take that bawling kid with you,"
"If you support right to life," the lady said, "you have to
support right-to-life functions."
"But he just did it all over the president's letter of support
for my bill," Beenbag cried.
The lady smiled, and said, "Naughty boy."
This article by Art Buchwald appeared in the September
15,1982, edition of The Houston Post. It may be very funny
to read, but it makes a clear point about the "anti-choice" faction: They are only interested in protecting the fetus with no
concern for the quality of its life after birth. I have always
wondered how the New Right could be so short-sighted.
Surely our society has so many more important concerns that
they could crusade for and really do some good. Instead, time
and money are wasted in the Senate bickering over what
should be a personal, medical, and moral decision of a
woman. It's about time we all protest this time-wasting and
lack of focus by our legislators on really important issues.
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Place 2: Charlie Price
Place 4: Joe Draughn
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